Lewis Hamilton has won the Italian Grand Prix at Monza to take the championship lead for the first time this year.
After a washout on Saturday and penalties galore that saw the most mixed up grid we’ve seen so far, the Italian crowd geared for a thrilling race.
It was Hamilton who got the better start as Stroll dropped down to 3rd.
Bottas and Raikkonen battled as the latter got past Bottas on lap one only to be re overtaken at Parabolica.
On lap 3 Bottas made the move on Lance Stroll at turn one.
Verstappen came to blows with Massa and got a puncture on the front-right whole Bottas got past Ocon to move up to 2nd.
Verstappen had a slow stop as the team replaced his front wing from the puncture. Grosjean also pitted after taking damage to his front wing.
Lap 5 and Raikkonen was chasing down Stroll while teammate Vettel was charging on Ocon for 3rd.
Raikkonen missed the braking at turn one and went straight on through the barriers losing vital time on Stroll.
Lap 8 and Vettel made the move on Ocon to take the podium position, meanwhile, Hamilton had pulled out a 3-second lead.
Lap 10 the stewards declared no further action for the Massa-Verstappen incident.
At the end of lap 16 Raikkonen pitted on to the softs but a slow change left him stationary for over 3 seconds. Ocon then pitted a lap later
Both Red Bull boys made diving moves at turn one and Ascari respectively.
Stroll was next to pit and it was unusually slow for Williams on the left-rear tyre. Palmer then received a 5 second stop-go for a move on Alonso.
Hamilton had a scary catch the second chicane going full opposite lock to avoid going off the track.
After many laps of trying, Raikkonen managed to get past Ocon at turn one and maintained to position into the second chicane.
On lap 26 Vettel, now 17 seconds behind Hamilton started to complain about losing the rears and struggling with tyres.
Verstappen made his second pit stop on lap 29, while teammate Ricciardo climbed up to 4th.
On lap 30 Palmer was told to box the car and retire yet again with a mechanical fault.
Vettel made his first stop on lap 31 dropping behind Ricciardo but ahead of Perez. Hamilton reacted immediately dropping one place but still miles ahead of Vettel.
Bottas soon followed and came out just behind Verstappen and Alonso battling for position. At the same time, Vandoorne was forced to retire after losing power.
As Verstappen tried to overtake Grosjean he just clipped the front-right tyre on the Frenchman’s car, drifting around the first chicane.
The Battle for 10th was also heating up with Magnussen, Hulkenberg and Kvyat all with in 1.5 seconds. Kvyat then made a diving move on Hulkenberg at turn one and defended it into the second chicane.
After pushing for a couple of laps, Ricciardo pitted on lap 38 and came out way in front of Stroll and Ocon.
Alonso was told of Palmer’s retirement to which he replied “Karma”.
then Stroll, under pressure from his teammate and trying to lap a Sauber, had huge lock up into turn one and nearly flat-spotted his tyre.
Ricciardo then made a huge dive-bomb on Raikkonen similar to his move on Bottas in 2016. The Australian then began to chase down Vettel for the final podium position.
Verstappen meanwhile was battling his way up the field to try and snatch the final points paying position.
On lap 47 Verstappen made the move for 10th before coming together with Magnussen at the second chicane forcing the Dane off the track and under threat from Kvyat.
Ricciardo, on the other hand, was really going for the podium, settings fastest laps and closing the gap to Vettel to just 5 seconds.
With 2 laps to go Ericsson got the message to retire his car as did Alonso, getting the same message as Vandoorne.
The Williams had a close last lap battle, nearly coming to blows but staying in formation while Verstappen came home for the last point.
But it was Hamilton who came across the line first to make a Mercedes 1-2 and take the championship led for the first time this year.
Final results are as follows
|2017 Italian grand prix|
|4||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull||12|
|6||Esteban Ocon||Force India||8|
|9||Sergio Perez||Force India||2|
|10||Max Verstappen||Red Bull||1|
|12||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso||0|
|14||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso||0|
|17||Fernando Alonso (DNF)||Mclaren||0|
|18||Marcus Ericsson (DNF)||Sauber||0|
|19||Stoffel Vandoorne (DNF)||Mclaren||0|
|20||Jolyon Palmer (DNF)||Renault||0|